The GENETICS Project

Through the GENETICS Project, we developed instructional materials for teaching genetic concepts at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.

Instructional Materials for the Elementary and Middle School Levels

Through Amazing Cells, students use microscopes to examine household items and develop an understanding of scale. They look at cells and learn that cells are the building blocks of living things.

State Your Traits is an introductory activity that leads students to learn about genetic variation through examination of some of their own genetic traits.

Traits Handout depicts several genetic traits examined in State Your Traits.

Through Pasta Genetics students model how genes are passed from parents to child using different shaped pasta pieces.

Build-an-Animal teaches basic principles of inheritance through the process of building a family of styrofoam animals.

Toothpick Fish teaches population genetics, genetic variation, and the effect of environment on a population of fish.

Instructional Materials for the High School Level

State Your Traits (High School) is an introductory activity that engages students in learning genetic concepts through examination of their own genetic traits.

Traits Handout depicts several genetic traits examined in State Your Traits.

Sickle Cell Anemia: A Case Study Approach to Teaching High School Genetics uses sickle cell anemia to teach the principles of inheritance, central dogma, genetic diagnostics, and bioethics.

Genetics of Taste guides students through developing their own research projects on taste.

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Recent Publications: Celebrating STEM in Rural Communities: A Model for an Inclusive Science and Engineering Festival details three successful science festivals held in Yakima, Washington.

The paper How Do You Like Your Science, Wet or Dry? reports on impacts of the Exploring Databases project.

Socratic Seminar with Data: A Strategy to Support Student Discourse and Understanding is available in the August 2017 issue of The American Biology Teacher

Carolina Kit to Support Worm Curriculum: GSEO is partnering with Carolina Biological Supply to support teachers with the What can we learn from worms? curriculum. Kits are now available here.

Exploring Databases awarded the July 2013 Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction. Click Read More for link to Science article.

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